About Stefan Roloff
Stefan Roloff is an independent artist and film maker, working in New York and Berlin. From 1974, he studied painting and video at the art academy (HdK) in Berlin, Germany. After spending one year in Mexico, he graduated in 1981 and moved to New York in 1982. In 1984, he was invited to experiment on prototypes of digital video and imaging computers at the New York Institute of Technology. Here, he created "Face", his first Moving Painting which, produced by Peter Gabriel, was the predecessor of his video "Sledgehammer". During the following years, he continued to combine his paintings and videos in collaborations with musicians. (For example "Zaar" with Gabriel, "Dominic Christ" with Suicide and "Big Fire" as part of live- and studio collaborations with Jazz musician Andrew Cyrille.) In 1989, he received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his digital work. His art- work and installations are shown world- wide in museums and galleries. From 1989 to 1999, he worked on his first documentary film "Seeds". Traveling through remote areas of West Virginia, he followed the story of a 22- year old woman who committed suicide in 1981 in an isolation cell at the State Prison for Women. The film was combined with an installation, "Pence Springs Resort", a life-size three-dimensional photographic rendering of the isolation cell which the viewers could physically enter. In 1995, he received an Art Matters grant for this project. In 1997 he began to work on his second documentary film "The Red Orchestra". The film is a portrait of his late father, Helmut Roloff, a resistance fighter against the Nazis. It was nominated best foreign film 2005 by the Women Critics Circle. For the first time it told the true story of the "Red Orchestra", a resistance group that was slandered during the cold war by secret services and historians as a Communist spy network. For this film, Stefan Roloff received a 2002 New York City Media Arts grant from the Jerome Foundation. (See www.rotekapelle-redorchestra.com). He also wrote a book in German, "Die Rote Kapelle", published by Ullstein in 2002. Since 2007, Stefan Roloff is collaborating with Carola Stabe, a former GDR dissident, on "Cafe Holland", the script for his first feature film. For this work, he received German BKM and European MEDIA funding.
Stefan Roloff, CVSelected Art CollectionsThomas Ammann Fine Art, Zrich; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Middlebury College Museum, Middlebury, Vermont; New York Public Library, Print and Photo Collection; Polaroid Collection; Evan Janis Fine Art, New York; Peter Lewis, Cleveland, MITGrants and Awards2002Jerome Foundation, New York City Media Arts Grant1995Art Matters Grant1989 Fellowship, New York Foundation for the ArtsSelected One Person Shows2005Eins Plus Eins, SPI, Potsdam (www.einspluseins.info)2004 Altered States Kunsthalle Osnabrck, Germany2003So Into You Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany2001/ 2002 When 6 Is 9, DAI Saarbrcken, Tbingen, Nrnberg, Germany1999Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany1995"Pence Springs Resort", Thread Waxing Space, New York City1992 Our Daily Planet, Casa de Cultura Basauri, Bilbao, SpainStefan Roloff, 1982 1992 The Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan1991"Niveles", Palau Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain1990"Metamorphosis", Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil"Still Life and Metamorphosis", Evan Janis Fine Art, New York City"Photomorphosis", Montgomery College, Maryland, curated by Joshua Smith1989"Moving Painting", installation at Centre Pompidou, Paris1987Galerie Hannah Feldmann, Bern, SwitzerlandHartje Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany1985Helen Shlien Gallery, Boston, Mass.Art Palace, New York City1984Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, HollandArt Palace, New York City1983Helen Shlien Gallery, Boston, Mass."Paper Murals", Fashion Moda, Bronx, New YorkSelected Group Shows2002 Reactions, Exit Art, New York City2001 Landscapes Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zrich, Switzerland1999Sade, with Ana Laura Alaez, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain1997"Current Undercurrent", Brooklyn Museum, New YorkOne Less Than Nine, Proposition Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland1994 "First Gramercy International Exhibition", Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City1990 "Atlas", Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada1989"The Photography of Invention", National Museum of American Art, Washington DC; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago1987 "Second Emerging Expression Biennial", Bronx Museum, New York1984 "European Attack", Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Holland1983 "Terminal Show", Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New YorkCatalogues2004Altered States Kunsthalle Osnabrck, Germany2001When 6 Is 9 Galerie Deschler, Kunstverein Salzgitter and DAI Germany 1999Volume Three, Pierogi Press, Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn NY Transsexual Exprs, Bilboarte, Bilbao, Spain1995 Pence Springs Resort", Thread Waxing Space, New York City1992"Nuestro Planeta Cotidiano", Casa de Cultura Basauri, Bilbao, Spain"Stefan Roloff, Works, 1982-1992", The Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan1998 "Atlas", Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada1997 "The Photography of Invention", National Museum of American Art, Washington , DC1988"Third Videonale", Bonn, Germany"The Second Emerging Expression Biennial", Bronx Museum, New York1987"Stefan Roloff", Ausstellungen Schinckestrae, Berlin"Digital Visions", Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York1987"Stefan Roloff", Ausstellungen Schinckestrae, Berlin"Digital Visions", Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York1994 "Second Videonale", Bonn, Germany1984 "Stefan Roloff", Art Palace, New York City1983 "Internationales Plastik Symposium", Stdtisches Museum, Lindau, Germany1981"Dimensionen des Plastischen", Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin"Stefan Roloff", Castle Gartow, GermanySelected Film CollectionsThe Red Orchestra Panstwowe Muzeum, Auschwitz Birkenau; The Holocaust Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, London; Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Miami; Gedenksttte Deutscher Widerstand, BerlinSelected Video Compilations2004 Play the videos, Peter Gabriel, Real World1992 "US", Peter Gabriel, Real World1990 "Black Box", Suicide, WaxTrax!Records: The first 13 YearsSelected Film and Video list, including Presentations 2003 - 2005The Red Orchestra , produced by When 6 is 9 Productions and Hybrid Films - rough cut completed 2003, final version in 2004, Documentary Film (www.rotekapelle-redorchestra.com)Selected screenings: Anthology Film Archives, New York; Arsenal, Berlin; Amherst College, Massachusetts; Dokument Kino, Berlin, 3001, Hamburg; Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle1995 - 1999Seeds, Documentary Film, produced by Audra Allen + Stefan Roloff rough cut: 1995; final version: 1989Screening: Arsenal, Berlin1997"What's Going on?", Video, produced by Stageways Productions, London/Madrid - 1995 Screening: 50th Anniversary of UNESCO, Zenith, Paris1992"The Visit", Video, produced by REBO High Definition Studio, New York - 1992 Screenings: The Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan; Casa de Cultura Basauri, Bilbao, SpainLive presentation of Big Fire (1984) with Andrew Cyrille at Rheinstrhm, Berlin1990"Still Life", Video, produced by Stefan Roloff & Eric Spiegel - 1989 Screenings: Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; International Electronic Cinema Festival, Tokyo1989Slected videos from 1984 1989, C